The Davao City-based Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC) on Sunday announced that it is resuming operations against New People’s Army (NPA) rebels consistent with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s lifting of the unilateral ceasefire against the insurgents.
“EMC has issued a directive for all units to be on high alert and to resume operations against the NPAs consistent with the directive coming from the military chain-of-command,” EMC public affairs office chief Major Ezra Balagtey said.
He also denied rebel claims that it was the militiamenwho were ambushed in Kapalong, Davao Del Norte on Wednesday were on offensive operations, in violation of Duterte’s unilateral ceasefire order issued on Monday.
A militiaman was killed while four others were wounded in the said attack.
“The EMC assures our countrymen that it will remain committed to protecting our communities against armed threats and in pursuing peace and development. EMC calls on the NPAs to abandon their armed struggle and instead join the rest of society in attaining true and lasting peace and progress for our country,” Balagtey added.
Duterte ordered the lifting of the unilateral ceasefire after the NPAs failed to declare their own on Saturday, the deadline stipulated by the President.
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